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Roberto Gomez Bolaños dies at 85; Mexican comedian known as Chespirito
Roberto Gomez Bolaños dies at 85; Mexican comedian known as Chespirito

Roberto Gomez Bolaños, the iconic Mexican actor and screenwriter whose unforgettable comedic characters — a day-dreaming waterboy, a scaredy-cat superhero and a boy who lived in a barrel — were staples of Latin American television, died Friday at his home in Cancun. He was 85. Over a career that spanned more than six decades, Gomez Bolaños, better known by his nickname “Chespirito,” worked as a screenwriter, playwright, composer, actor and director. He catapulted to international fame in the early 1970s with a pair of slapstick, low-budget television comedy shows that were as beloved by children as they were by adults. “El Chapulin...

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